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100. The Magnificent Ambersons by Booth Tarkington

February 22nd, 2010 — 10:26pm

After a weekend full of bragging about my project and the wonderful things I had planned for myself, I finally got to the library to get the first book. Technically, it’s the 100th book. The Magnificent Ambersons by Booth Tarkington.

The What by Who?

Yeah. That’s what I said. Imagine my surprise that not only have I never heard of a book on this list, but there’s an author I’ve never heard of. “Booth Tarkington” sounds like an Internet quiz on how to get your porn star name.

After a quick Google search, I learned that not only was Booth Tarkington a state representative in the Indiana government, but The Magnificent Ambersons was made into a movie directed by Orson Welles in 1942. The novel won a Pulitzer Prize in 1919. It is also the second part of a trilogy that spans the years between the American Civil War and World War I. The Amberson family “serves as a metaphor for the old society that crumbled after the Industrial Revolution,” according to the review on Amazon.com.

Great. Social commentary for my first venture out into the world of Modern Library’s list. At least the book cover is pretty.

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